Low-Solidity Tandem-Cascade Diffusers for Wide-Flow-Range Centrifugal Blowers PUBLIC ACCESS

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Yasutoshi Senoo, Hiroshi Hayami, Hironobu Ueki

Kyushu University, Kasugashi, Fukuoka, Japan

Paper No. 83-GT-3, pp. V001T01A002; 7 pages
  • ASME 1983 International Gas Turbine Conference and Exhibit
  • Volume 1: Turbomachinery
  • Phoenix, Arizona, USA, March 27–31, 1983
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7951-1
  • Copyright © 1983 by ASME


The pressure recovery of a low-solidity circular cascade diffuser of a centrifugal blower was predicted by a simple method combining a theory of circular cascade diffusers and that of vaneless diffusers and it was compared with a series of experiments. Furthermore the stall limit of the diffuser was studied. In order to improve the performance further, a series of tandem-cascade diffusers were tested. In these diffusers, the front row of the cascade was designed for a small flow rate while the rear row of the cascade was designed for a large flow rate so that the tandem cascade would accomplish good pressure recovery in a wide range of flow rate. Experimental results showed that the operating range was as wide as that of a vaneless diffuser and the pressure recovery was excellent at a small flow rate while it was somewhat better than that in a vaneless diffuser at a large flow rate.

Copyright © 1983 by ASME
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